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Durable Design. Powerful Battery. Clean Energy. Now YOU can be energy INDEPENDENT!

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Magma

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*******FOR EVERY MAGMA WE SELL OVER $70K+, WE PLAN TO PROVIDE ANOTHER FREE MAGMA TO VICTIMS IN BURMA, SYRIA, BANGLADESH & OTHER REGIONS WHO ARE WITHOUT POWER**********

Please help us exceed our goal so we can help these people. This is a your chance to really make the world a better place. If you can spread the word, EVEN BETTER!

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Hello Everyone!

Our team/venture's name is Duniah. "Duniah" literally means "World" in over 30 languages. In Arabic, Hindi/Urdu, Farsi, Turkish, Bengali, Punjabi, Malay, Indonesian, various African dialects, etc...Whew!...

Thanks for viewing our Kickstarter endeavor! Our awesome team is passionate about implementing clean, portable energy solutions around the world. With a quarter of humanity (1.6 billion people) living without reliable electricity, we intimately understand the lack of clean energy in developing regions, WHERE WE WERE BORN.

Melting Pot: A world-class team, from all over the world. From left to right: Md Shahnoor Amin, Maruthi Chaluvadi, and Muaz Rabah.
Melting Pot: A world-class team, from all over the world. From left to right: Md Shahnoor Amin, Maruthi Chaluvadi, and Muaz Rabah.

World-Class Team

We have a brilliant, diverse team who have made tremendous contributions during our careers. 

Md Shahnoor Amin

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/md-shahnoor-amin/12/40b/279

A native of Bangladesh, Shahnoor vividly remembers his father’s village where people still lack electricity and students huddle around kerosene lamps to study. He has made monumental impact in energy technology development and product management during his career. He is currently a Senior Engineer at Whirlpool Corporation, leading programs in energy-efficient consumer products. He holds a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University.

Muaz Rabah, PMP

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/muaz-rabah-pmp/3/a3a/1ba

Having lived in the Middle-East for several years, Muaz experienced the social impact of energy technology first-hand. At Duniah, Muaz is responsible for core electrical systems. He is currently a Program Manager (Engineering) at Continental AG, leading electronic safety and sensor systems for complex automotive products. Previously at General Electric, he designed smart battery chargers for bio-medical products, and became a Six Sigma Green Belt. He holds a Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical Engineering from Bradley University and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University.

Maruthi Chaluvadi

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/maruthi-chaluvadi/26/545/96

A native of South India, Maruthi is focused on implementing affordable energy solutions in destitute areas around the world. At Duniah, Maruthi is responsible for product design and integration. He's currently a Product Engineer at BorgWarner, designing the next-generation efficient turbochargers in cars. Maruthi holds a Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani. 

Our Mobile Future

Carrying our phones and tablets everywhere these days, isn't it frustrating to frequently run out of power, or constantly fumble through adapters? Some products often take many hours to charge the internal battery, or some don’t even have a battery at all. Many are undesirable bulky cases. They’re usually made of inferior plastic or other weak materials which fail over time.Magma solves this problem in a beautiful way, using the best materials and components. So you can keep texting, surfing, and gaming on and on and on....

Elegant Design

Magma features a monocoque design individually machined from Aerospace-grade Aluminum to enhance structural rigidity. The end result is a high level of exceptional craftsmanship and finish. You’ll definitely feel and experience the countless hours we've spent perfecting the elegant design. It’s light and fits easily into your bag or purse.

Simple to Use

Magma’s integrated design of a high-efficiency solar cell, Lithium-Polymer battery, intelligent electronics, and USB charging port allows for a very portable product. It even has a micro-USB Input, so you can charge it from your computer or wall when there's no sun. Whether you’re traveling abroad and don’t want to carry different power adapters for different countries, or just enjoying nature on a camping trip, Magma will power your needs. Our proprietary electronics efficiently harnesses solar energy, and the high-capacity battery stores this energy for use anytime. With sufficient sunlight, Magma can charge its internal battery within several hours, much faster than other solutions.

Make an Impact

Wouldn't it be great to actually measure how you’re changing the world? For the first time in a solar charger, Magma lets you view your renewable energy usage and carbon footprint. Simply connect your USB device, and Magma will record your energy usage. You can then view your usage, and even share this data on Facebook. How cool is that! This way you can directly measure your positive energy impact on the world, and serve as an exceptional environmental steward. And during your outdoor escapades, you can feel reassured you will have always sustainable power. By inspiring your friends and family to use Magma, you are actually reducing the world’s pollution in a big way, one Magma at a time. View your friends/family’s usage also! 
We are hoping to utilize Kickstarter funds to develop the software in future versions.

The Joy is in the Journey:

                    Our Story and Efforts

Our team met each other during our day jobs and graduate school. Since we all came from developing countries that are still suffering without power, we decided to use our creative talent for something beneficial to society. We met after work at Starbucks and Panera Bread, often spending hours at a time working on various ideas to help people become more energy independent. During weekends, we would often cancel leisure plans to spend time Saturday mornings in labs, soldering (and sniffing) our freshly-made circuit board prototypes. Company holidays were often spent traveling to destitute parts of the world, trying to understand first-hand how single mothers burnt newspapers to keep warm during harsh winters, or how families would huddle around kerosene lamps for light. Or how hurricanes (remember Sandy?) and floods (just had one in Chicago) would disrupt the power grid, and families would often spend days without electricity. We decided it was time to do something about it. And the epiphany came through numerous trials and iterations: Magma.

Infancy of an Innovation: What started out as a simple concept over a Starbucks coffee discussion...
Infancy of an Innovation: What started out as a simple concept over a Starbucks coffee discussion...

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Turned into regular meetings at Starbucks after work!
Turned into regular meetings at Starbucks after work!

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Working hard in labs during nights and weekends...nice to have 3 monitors :-)
Working hard in labs during nights and weekends...nice to have 3 monitors :-)

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In our labs: Soldering away to perfection (mmm...sniffing solder...)
In our labs: Soldering away to perfection (mmm...sniffing solder...)

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Holy Grail: Analyzing over 96 solar cells from various suppliers in a quest to find the best one.
Holy Grail: Analyzing over 96 solar cells from various suppliers in a quest to find the best one.

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Real-life solar cell testing for hours...all while getting a nice tan.
Real-life solar cell testing for hours...all while getting a nice tan.

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In labs on the weekends...again. It's been 4+ months now.
In labs on the weekends...again. It's been 4+ months now.

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One of the earliest circuit prototypes we developed.
One of the earliest circuit prototypes we developed.

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So loud!!! Visiting a metal processing plant which may manufacture Magma's external case.
So loud!!! Visiting a metal processing plant which may manufacture Magma's external case.

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Meet Whiteboard, our best friend: Drawing up countless designs.
Meet Whiteboard, our best friend: Drawing up countless designs.

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Ran out of whiteboard markers: Back to the age-old chalkboard it is...
Ran out of whiteboard markers: Back to the age-old chalkboard it is...

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Long flight over Atlantic: Meeting potential strategic partners in Istanbul, Turkey.
Long flight over Atlantic: Meeting potential strategic partners in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Ah, the cure for jet lag: Waiting in airport lounge for a long flight back.
Ah, the cure for jet lag: Waiting in airport lounge for a long flight back.

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Sneaking away: At least got a chance between meetings to do some sight-seeing!
Sneaking away: At least got a chance between meetings to do some sight-seeing!

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Firepower: Visiting remote parts of Asia where they rely on fire as the primary energy source.
Firepower: Visiting remote parts of Asia where they rely on fire as the primary energy source.

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Driving around Google HQ for some much-needed inspiration.
Driving around Google HQ for some much-needed inspiration.

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Ah, Google HQ,,,daydreaming.....
Ah, Google HQ,,,daydreaming.....

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Back at home, the journey to perfection: Soldering together more prototypes...wow, it's been 7 months already?
Back at home, the journey to perfection: Soldering together more prototypes...wow, it's been 7 months already?

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Careful! Solder tip can get over 350 degrees F! All this better be worth it.
Careful! Solder tip can get over 350 degrees F! All this better be worth it.

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Over the months: So many prototypes...at least no animal testing though!  ;-)
Over the months: So many prototypes...at least no animal testing though! ;-)

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A short trial production run.
A short trial production run.

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After countless iterations, a fully functional circuit board!
After countless iterations, a fully functional circuit board!

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Moment of truth: Left it by the window to charge for first time, after putting everything together. Will it work?  :-|
Moment of truth: Left it by the window to charge for first time, after putting everything together. Will it work? :-|

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Wooo Hooo! YESS!!!! (jumping up and down incessantly) All those sleepless nights, canceled weekend plans, long transatlantic flights, and addiction to solder smell (well, not really...whew!) were worth it!
Wooo Hooo! YESS!!!! (jumping up and down incessantly) All those sleepless nights, canceled weekend plans, long transatlantic flights, and addiction to solder smell (well, not really...whew!) were worth it!

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Powerful little beast: Wow, actually is smaller than iPad...
Powerful little beast: Wow, actually is smaller than iPad...

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Thinner, too.
Thinner, too.

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Over 9 months now, It's time: Looking out the window into the Windy City, Chicago River and contemplating.... Time to get out of the Labs, and into the Limelight. Time to Launch. Time for the whole world to know...
Over 9 months now, It's time: Looking out the window into the Windy City, Chicago River and contemplating.... Time to get out of the Labs, and into the Limelight. Time to Launch. Time for the whole world to know...

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Designed in U.S.A.

We’ve spent intense 9+ months and $50k+ of personal funds perfecting the design and engineering. Almost everything in Magma, from the internal electronics to the external aluminum enclosure, is designed in U.S.A. We’ve successfully partnered with our mechanical fabricator (Mid-Tech, Inc.) in Ann Arbor, MI and other circuit board manufacturers in the area. But we need your support to buy tooling and other equipment for getting this off the ground. This Kickstarter campaign will help scale our manufacturing operations, and subsidize the cost of developing an affordable version for developing countries. By working together, we can truly make a measurable difference in the world. 


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Tailored JUST for YOU::::::::::::::::::::

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Magma mini

Featuring a 2,000+ mAh battery and 3W+ solar panel, Magma mini has more than enough power to charge iPhone, Android devices, and virtually any other mobile product. It features a micro-USB Input to charge its internal battery when there's no sun. With good sunlight, Magma mini can charge the internal battery in less than 5 hours! Now THAT'S FAST!

Prelim. Specs:

  • 3W+ Solar panel
  • 2,000+ mAh
  • Micro-USB Input to charge from wall or computer
  • Durable exterior casing
  • Up to 1,000 mA output current

Magma Pro

For serious POWER USERS (literally)! With its 5,000+ mAh high-capacity battery and 5W+ solar panel, Magma Pro is powerful enough to work with iPads and Android tablets! Also features a micro-USB Input to charge the internal battery when there's no sun. Talk about AMAZING!

Prelim. Specs:

  • 5W+ Solar panel
  • 5,000+ mAh
  • LED Indicator for battery capacity
  • Micro-USB Input to charge from wall or computer
  • Durable exterior casing
  • Up to 2,000 mA output current
Exudes presence
Exudes presence

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Elegant design
Elegant design

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Lean and "Green"
Lean and "Green"

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Charge anytime, anywhere
Charge anytime, anywhere

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Harness free energy from the sun
Harness free energy from the sun

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Keep your devices charged, even indoors
Keep your devices charged, even indoors

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Make a statement
Make a statement

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Measure your impact
Measure your impact

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Share your energy usage w/ Facebook (if you want)
Share your energy usage w/ Facebook (if you want)

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Advanced manufacturing
Advanced manufacturing

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Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE: Receive an awesome, limited-edition wristband with Duniah logo
Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE: Receive an awesome, limited-edition wristband with Duniah logo

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter


On top of the $50k+ in development we’ve spent ourselves, we still need:



- $5k, Manufacturing setup and tools


- $5k, Testing

- $5k+, Production run and software development

We run the risk of production/shipping delays from our solar panel, circuit board, and battery suppliers. To mitigate potential issues, we have established relationships with backup suppliers in case our primary source is threatened. We have also tested components from backup suppliers to ensure they meet our technical and quality standards. With the proceeds from this Kickstarter, we hope to develop our software for energy tracking, which should be ready later.

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